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300 Top Nonprofit Executives & Event Professionals Gather in NYC to Kick Off Gala Season

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by Pamela Rothbard, Editor

What do you get when you host hundreds of nonprofit event planners and fundraising strategists for a sponsored evening of cocktails and networking?

Non Profit’s Night Out (NPNO).

The 2nd annual NPNO Gala will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at event mogul Arthur Backal’s new space, CNVS, in New York City. The gathering will host approximately 300 elite fundraisers, aiming to inspire successful charity event planning in the new year.

The annual event is the brainchild of Reed Baker, founder of Sophist LLC and creator of Text-to-Pledge®, and Steve Paster, owner of bespoke stationer, Alpine Creative Group. “Our intent was to give back to the community and offer development professionals an opportunity to meet each other, do business with one another, and party together before the spring gala season kicks off,” says Paster.

The event stands out as the only no-cost industry gathering — a perfect fit with the altruistic sector it serves. Says Baker, “Gala organizers work tirelessly to create flawless experiences and raise significant money for their respective causes, but remain underserved as a community, and NPNO is a step in the right direction toward remedying that.”

The NPNO event team closely curates the guest list in order to ensure that all attendees add value. More specifically, all vendor partners invite 20-25 key nonprofit clients, so as to: 1) expand the reach of the event by ensuring new nonprofits attend annually; and 2) validate that the participating suppliers have a wide network and rich history of working with nonprofits. In addition, the team includes 1-2 vendors newer to the industry. “How else are they going to break in?” says Paster, who has a strong belief in the value of mentoring as a way to build skills and networks.

Given that the event includes many top event professionals, it promises to be a fun and interesting evening for all involved. If you’re interested in attending this year’s NYC event, please submit a request to

Sponsors include : A/V Workshop, Alpine Creative Group, AOG Design, Charifieds, CheckIn Tech, CNVS, Designer 8, Keep Interacting, Natural Expressions, Neuman’s Kitchen, On The Move Entertainment, Party Rental Ltd., PartySlate, Quality Wines, Sophist, and Sugarfina.

Future plans include additional NYC events and a potential roll-out to cities like Palm Beach and Chicago.

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